“Jeopardy!” legend James Holzhauer is known for being quippy and quirky, especially online. But to some of Holzhauer’s fans, this one tweet took it too far.
Earlier, the game show champion tweeted his hot take on the beloved “Calvin and Hobbes” comic created by Bill Watterson. The comic features the antics of a young boy named Calvin and his friend Hobbes, who’s a stuffed tiger.
Holzhauer, who was born in 1984, would’ve grown up with the daily comics, which were first released on November 18, 1985.
“I just realized I no longer believe Hobbes is alive. I think I’m officially old,” the “Jeopardy!” champion tweeted.
Generally, the comics show Calvin interacting with Hobbes like he would a real person. With the little boy, the tiger isn’t afraid to talk, move, or use facial expressions. But whenever someone else enters the frame, be it Calvin’s parents, teachers, or friends, the tiger reverts back to his regular stuffed animal form.
With the “Jeopardy!” star declaring that Hobbes isn’t actually “alive,” he’s confirming the loss of his childhood innocence — much like when we realize that Santa Claus isn’t real or that the floor isn’t really lava. Holzhauer has decided that the magic of the comic has lost its effect on him.
Holzhauer’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Have Something Different To Say
Soon after Holzhauer posted the controversial statement, the replies poured in. Overall, most fans strongly disagreed with the “Jeopardy!” legend’s stance, saying it was “blasphemy” and “crazy talk.” Others told Holzhauer that he just had to “believe.” Belief, after all, is what makes Hobbes real to Calvin.
“Noooooooo!!!! … he is alive… and more importantly he is to Calvin!!” Twitter user Adam Stockwell said.
But some users agreed with the “Jeopardy!” vet, especially user Owen Mohler. “I feel you. It is a feeling that signifies our childhood is over,” Mohler replied to Holzhauer’s original tweet.
Some fans, however, really came after Holzhauer. “Lost some respect here James,” a user named Noah said. “This is your worst tweet,” another followed up. Others said he was lying.
A History Of Comical Tweets
Holzhauer first rose to fame by becoming the “Jeopardy!” champion with the second-highest consecutive streak (32 wins). But he’s remained in the public eye because of his charismatic and joking personality as well. He’s not afraid to post relatable, hilarious tweets or rib on fellow game show legend Ken Jennings.
Like on July 2, when Jennings threw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners game. Holzhauer was tagged in a tweet that said, “Too bad @James_Holzhauer can’t place a bet on whether it will find the strike zone. I wonder what odds he’d give it.”
“Oh, I tried. Ken wouldn’t book it. Apparently, gambling is some kind of sin,” Holzhauer quipped.
Holzhauer, who’s now a sports betting columnist for “The Athletic,” loves playing numbers games and betting on different sporting events.